I need to install a new shower door. A trip to Ace Hardware confused me...I
was looking for clear silicone to seal it but it just said "used for
interior/exteriors doors,windows" - nothing about bathrooms. There was a clear
caulk that was mildew resistant. I didn't buy anything. I think the man who
installed my other one said he was using clear silicone. So what is best for
bathroom shower doors and will resist mildew and mold?
Exterior mildew resistant clear silicone will likely work, but they sell
silicone for bathroom/shower applications, but it may have the same
ingredients. I tend to find a matching color vs clear, as clear can look
like a repair job if you are not expert at laying it on flat and flush.. If
the tile or backing is white, use pure white bathroom silicone caulk/sealer.
Make sure it is fresh, and you will likely get by with a tube, vs cartridge.
With a tube, you can snip the very tip off and get a finer bead that doesn't
show so much. Be sure both mating surfaces are totally clean and dry.
Silicone does not age well, so just buy what you need.
The base stuff in any silicone caulk/seal/adhesive is the same
regardless of stated purpose or manufacturer. There are additives to
make it more paintable, to inhibit mold, etc. Stuff for bathrooms
usually has a mold inhibitor added, otherwise it is the same as the
unpaintable stuff used for other purposes.
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